This month, I'm reflecting on my growth over this past year as a writer.
Last year I decided to put my other projects on hold and write a YA fantasy novel. I'd never attempted writing something so big before and I wasn't sure I could actually finish it. Most of my previous writing had focused on picture books or magazine articles.
The first thing I had to do was commit to a regular writing time. I decided the best time was before the kids wake up in the morning, when it's still quiet and I'm most refreshed. If I get up at 5:30, I can squeeze in about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. I don't make it that early all the time but at least I get some writing in everyday before the craziness begins.
The second step was to read more in my chosen genre. I realized I hadn't read a YA fantasy in a long time. So I made many trips to the library and I grabbed all the books I could find (and actually read them).
Then I just wrote, even if what I was writing I didn't like. I kept writing. Some days I felt like I was dragging myself and my characters through a swamp of literary garbage. But I kept writing. And finally, I got to the end!
Now I'm on to editing; attempting to wash away the muddy language and webs of unnecessary adverbs that crept in like spiders. I'm adding new scenes and taking out pointless ones. I added a prologue then I decided to begin the story in an entirely different place so I'm working on a new chapter 1. I feel good about all of these changes and I can see the story becoming what I want it to be.
Maybe it won't ever end up on anyone else's shelf or in their Kindle but I feel like I've come a long way. And I want to thank all of you for supporting me on this great journey.
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